Sexual orientation perception involves gendered facial cues.

  title={Sexual orientation perception involves gendered facial cues.},
  author={Jonathan B. Freeman and Kerri L. Johnson and Nalini Ambady and Nicholas O. Rule},
  journal={Personality & social psychology bulletin},
  volume={36 10},
Perceivers can accurately judge a face's sexual orientation, but the perceptual mechanisms mediating this remain obscure. The authors hypothesized that stereotypes casting gays and lesbians as gender "inverts," in cultural circulation for a century and a half, lead perceivers to use gendered facial cues to infer sexual orientation. Using computer-generated faces, Study 1 showed that as two facial dimensions (shape and texture) became more gender inverted, targets were more likely to be judged… CONTINUE READING
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